Recreational crabbing closed in bays and estuaries on Oregon's southern coast


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
11-18-2022
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NEWPORT, Ore – The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and ODFW closed recreational bay and estuary crabbing from eight miles north of Winchester Bay (43 degrees 47' at Tahkenitch Creek) to the California border. Recent test results show domoic acid, a marine toxin, is above the human health closure limit.

Recreational bay and estuary crabbing remains open from eight miles north of Winchester Bay to the Washington border. Recreational ocean crabbing is closed until Nov. 30 per permanent regulations. Reopening ocean crabbing Dec. 1 may be delayed pending toxin test results.

Recreational bay clam and mussel harvesting also remain open along the entire Oregon coast. However, razor clamming is still closed coastwide.

ODA tests for shellfish toxins twice per month, as tides and weather permit. Reopening an area closed for biotoxins requires two consecutive tests with results below the closure limit.

Domoic acid is produced by algae and originates in the ocean.

It is recommended that recreational crab harvesters always eviscerate crab before cooking. This includes removing and discarding the viscera, internal organs, and gills.

For more information, call ODA's shellfish biotoxin safety hotline at (800)448-2474, the Food Safety Division at (503) 986-4720, or visit the ODA shellfish biotoxin closures webpage.

Contact ODFW for recreational license requirements, permits, rules and limits.

A map of the closed area is available online.




More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, November 17th

: ODFW Recreation Report
Crooked River: Steelhead have begun entering the Crooked River basin
East Lake: Anglers report good fishing
Hosmer Lake: Anglers report that fishing at Hosmer has improved
Lava Lake: Recent reports of good fishing
Paulina Lake: Anglers are reporting good kokanee fishing
Wickiup Reservoir: The reservoir is very low at 18 percent
Breitenbush River: Breitenbush River Report
Quartzville Creek: Flows have dropped considerably and should continue to moderate throughout the week
Santiam River ( North Fork) : This year’s strong coho salmon run is just about done for the year
Santiam River ( North Fork) Above Detroit Lake: Flows are still in excellent shape
Santiam River (South Fork): Currently flows are around 1,340 cfs
Walter Wirth Lake: Walter Wirth Lake Report
Alsea River: Fall Chinook fishing picked up last week on the Alsea
Necanicum River: The Necanicum has dropped back to low and clear conditions
Nehalem River: Recent rains have moved the majority of fish up into the rivers
North Fork Nehalem River: The hatchery coho run is definitely winding down on the North fork
Nestucca River: Nestucca River Report
Salmon River: Fall Chinook fishing has slowed down on the Salmon River
Trask River: The hatchery coho run is mostly done on the Trask
Wilson River: Wilson River Report
Yaquina River: Fall Chinook fishing continues to be slow on the Yaquina
Agate Lake: Agate remains at 13 percent full
Applegate Reservoir: Applegate Reservoir Report
Chetco River: Low and clear
Coquille River: Coquille River Report
Elk River: Low and clear
Emigrant Reservoir: Emigrant remains at 3 percent full
Fish Lake : Fish Lake is filling with the input of various springs and is now at 31 percent full
Rogue River - Middle: Current flow is around 1,200cfs
Rogue River- Upper: Reservoir releases have dropped to their typical November levels
Sixes River: Low and clear
Ana Reservoir: Ana Reservoir Report
Chewaucan River: As winter approaches and temperatures drop expect fishing to be slow
Klamath River - Upper - OR: Klamath River Fishing Report
Lake Of The Woods: Water temperatures will be very cold and likely freezing early mornings
Sycan River: Fishing not recommended
Snake River- Below Hells Canyon Reservoir: Sturgeon fishing can be good in the Snake River downstream of Hells Canyon Dam

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